IMX60 Quartz, Andradite
Huanggang Mine, Hexigten Banner (Keshiketeng Co.), Ulanhad League (Chifeng Prefecture), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
15.5x 12.0x 9.1 cm
A large cabinet specimen of andradite, sprinkled with many small beta quartz "scepters". These are not rare, but I liked this one for its relative lack of damage, the size of the crystals, and it"s overall form. Typically on a specimen of this size, there will be a few garnet crystals broken off--- usually right in the center. That is not the case on with this one. The only imperfection is that a couple of the small beta quartz scepters have been sheared, but that is to be expected, given the weight of the garnet and how these are typically positioned in the mine, versus the relative delicateness of the small quartz spires.
The overall shape of the piece is quite pleasing as well-- it is not one of those jagged plates.
The individual andradite crystals are about as big as they get in displayable, large cabinet clusters. I use the word "displayable" because although there have been larger single crystals (up to the size of this specimen, in fact) they tend to be very ugly...